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The Right and Wrong Ways to Treat Diarrhea

For a long time, mainstream veterinarians have taken an aggressive approach in treating diarrhea in pets. Thankfully, that's now changing. Here's what experience has taught me about what works best in treating otherwise healthy patients with diarrhea.

the right and wrong ways to treat diarrhea


  • An encouraging article in a mainstream veterinary publication addresses the (mis)use of antibiotics to treat pets with diarrhea, and suggests nontoxic alternatives
  • Thankfully, more veterinarians are realizing that antibiotics typically don’t help, and often exacerbate chronic or repeated episodes of acute diarrhea in otherwise healthy animals
  • There are many different nondrug approaches to treat diarrhea, including introducing whole food sources of prebiotics and fiber, and fecal microbiome transplantation (FMT)
  • In treating otherwise healthy patients with diarrhea, in my experience, the most effective first step, and the step most likely to provide long-term resolution of the condition, is to address the diet

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